Haus LINDA – Project against malnutrition

Haus Linda

Knowledge about feeding children with local products and simple home remedies is lost in the city where it is no longer passed on from the older generation by word of mouth.

Another feature of the Clinic is the LINDA Project. Many children brought to the Clinic are undernourished. They are referred immediately with their mothers to LINDA.

Here the undernourished children are fed with a particularly nutritious porridge until their physical development matches their age. On scheduled visits the mothers learn how to make this porridge themselves with local, affordable ingredients.

Haus Linda5The visits to LINDA are a platform of exchange with the women and the children are regularly weighed. Home visits provide opportunities to show how to filter water with sand, or how to prepare their own medicine using available, natural ingredients such as leaves and tree bark. The other women in the  neighbourhood learn as well.

 

In traditional families in villages throughout the country the knowledge about feeding children with local products and simple home remedies is passed on from the older generation to young mothers. In the city it is rare for several generations to live together and the knowledge is lost. In a society, especially among the poorer populations, where much is still passed on by word of mouth, this is very often the reason for many undernourished, sick children.

 

Haus Linda Untersuchung K800_P1060906